Building Professional Research Connections and Developing 'Research Leadership Brand' Workshop

As part of the Research Leadership Development Seminar Series, we invite you to a transformative workshop on Building Professional Research Connections and Developing 'Research Leadership Brand'.

The seminar will take place online via Zoom on Wednesday 29th May at 11.00-12.30 GMT. Register for your place:

Expanding upon our past three sessions that delved into the evolving landscape of research leadership, envisioning oneself as a research leader, and fostering inclusivity within research leader roles, the workshop will focus on the power of cultivating meaningful research connections and varied strategies in building a strong leadership brand. It will feature talks delivered by accomplished researchers, offering inspiration and practical strategies on navigating the complexities of academia. Expect an interactive session, starting with contributions from leading scholars, followed by group discussions on the following questions:

  1. In what ways do you currently communicate your research vision and expertise?
  2. How would you articulate your research identity in a concise and compelling manner to engage both academic and non-academic audiences?
  3. What are the challenges in developing and maintaining professional connections within your research networks?
  4. What lessons or inspirations did you draw from the case studies and success stories shared during the workshop? How might you apply these insights to your own career trajectory?


Anne-Wil Harzing (Middlesex): Anne-Wil Harzing is Professor of International Management at Middlesex University, London and visiting professor of International Management at Tilburg University. Her role at Middlesex University focuses on developing MDX research culture and capabilities through a wide range of individual, departmental, School and Faculty-wide initiatives as well as University-wide advice on international research rankings and MDX reputation management. Anne-Wil is a Fellow of the Academy of International Business and founder of Cygna, the network for female academics that was set up in 2014. She also maintains the Journal Quality List and is the driving force behind the popular Publish or Perish software program. 

Christian Harrison (Bolton): Christian Harrison is Professor of Leadership and Enterprise at the University of Bolton. He is also the Director of the Centre for Leadership and Empowerment in Greater Manchester Business School and lead of the Research Excellence Framework for Business and Management. He provides regular expert media commentary on Scottish Television News (STV), Scotland Tonight, the Herald, the Conversation, Sunday Post, and the Guardian Nigeria. He is also an active member of several learned organisations including Chair of the Leadership and Leadership Development Special Interest Group of the British Academy of Management, Chair of the Academy for African Studies, Fellow of the Institute of Business Administration and Knowledge Management. 

Finola Kerrigan (Birmingham): Finola Kerrigan is Professor of Marketing at University of Birmingham. She is also Deputy Dean of Birmingham Business School. Drawing on a range of qualitative and creative research methods, Finola has researched subjects on branding, digital identity, ethics and the incorporation of new technologies into marketing practice and how this impacts consumers.  Finola is co-editor of the journal Marketing Theory and Secretary of the Academy of Marketing. She was a member of the Academy of Marketing Research Committee.  She was the President of the International Society of Markets and Development (ISMD) and continues to be a board member of ISMD.  She is deputy chair of the Academy of Marketing Special Interest Group of the Academy of Marketing. Finola is on the Board of Directors of the Jasmin Vardimon Dance Company.

Mick Zundel (Liverpool): Mike Zundel is Professor in Organization Studies at University of Liverpool. He held a number of leadership positions at University of Liverpool Management School (ULMS), including Associate Dean for Research (2015-2019), Associate Dean Faculty (2019-2021) and interim Head of Department (2020-2021). His present and past editorial positions include: Board member, Academy of Management Review, 2017-ongoing (Developmental Reviewer Awards in 2020 and 2021 and Outstanding Reviewer Award in 2023); editorial board member, 2013-ongoing, and senior editor, Organization Studies, 2014-2021; board member Management and Organizational History, 2022-ongoing; board member Academy of Management Learning & Education, 2017-2020 (Best Reviewer award in 2020); consulting editor IJMR, 2014-2018 (Best Reviewer award in 2013).

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